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Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 4 Do’s & Don’t’s About Bakers

Top 4 Do’s & Don’t’s About Bakers

April 24th, 2017 It’s that time! Your wedding is approaching, and it’s time to book your baker! You want someone delicious, of course, but there are so many options for you to decide on, like if you want a cake, cupcakes, cookies, pastries, and so much more! So how do you decide which baker is right for you? Here are our Top 4 Do’s and Don’t’s About Bakers! Do… Don’t’… Taste the cake before you put down a deposit, and remember that the way your cake tastes now is the way it’s going to taste on your wedding day. If not, make sure somewhere in your contract there’s a money-back clause. Bring a bunch of people to your tasting. You will have too many different tastes and it will make it too difficult to decide which flavour to go with. Select a style, either before you go meet your baker, or during your meeting. A true baker will be able to create a cake specifically for what you want, and by knowing what you’re looking for, the baker will be able to create something to your liking. Change your mind a couple of weeks before the wedding. Please remember that creating a wedding cake is an art form, and your baker may have started the unique accents already. Plus, they may not have time to create a brand new design for you. Size up how many pieces you’ll need. If you’re serving dessert, or even a sweet table, not everyone will have a piece of cake. So assume everyone one in three guests will have cake. Leave without pricing out what you want. You want to go in with your baker knowing exactly how much you’re willing to spend before they craft something specifically for you. If you have the budget for you, try going mini, where every one of your guests get their own, mini cake. How amazing would it be seeing the wait staff handing each and every one of your guests a detailed mini wedding cake for dessert? Get a cake and not put it on display! You spent money on this amazing artwork, so show it off! I hope this helps YPDers! Don’t forget to contact us any time to help you plan Your Perfect...

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Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 5 Ways to Help Decide What Time of Day You Should Get Married

Top 5 Ways to Help Decide What Time of Day You Should Get Married

April 17th, 2017 You’ve found the perfect place to have your ceremony, but now you’re wondering when you actually get married! Do you get married in the morning? In the afternoon? How early? What’s too late? There are many things to consider when deciding when you should get married, and to help you figure it out, we’ve put together our Top 5 Ways to Help Decide What Time of Day You Should Get Married! How early are you willing to wake up? This is especially important if you like to sleep in! Depending on how large your bridal party is, you may have to wake up as early as four o’clock in the morning to start getting your hair and makeup done. Can you handle that? Are there any other weddings happening that day? You want to make sure that there is plenty of time between weddings. You don’t want anything overlapping, like décor being set up while guests are still leaving the previous wedding. When are you starting your reception? You don’t want to keep too much time in between your ceremony and reception for your guests. Keep your guests into consideration so they don’t have to figure out what to do with the lengthy wait time. How big is your bridal party? You want to make sure you have enough time to take photos in between your ceremony and reception. A photographer will normally recommend approximately two and a half hours for a ten person bridal party. If you have a larger bridal party, you’ll want more hours. However… Are you doing a first look? Because if you are, then that will give you more time to use in between the ceremony and reception. You won’t need the entire two and a half hours to do photos. You’ll probably need no more than an hour! There you go YPDers! Contact us today to help you make sure your wedding is absolutely...

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Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Interview with a Past Client – Stefanie & Christopher

Interview with a Past Client – Stefanie & Christopher

April 10th, 2017 I love when we get to sit down with past clients and discuss their weddings, and yesterday was no different! We got to sit down with the beautiful Stefanie to talk about her October wedding to her Prince Charming, Christopher. I hope you enjoy it! YPD: How did you and Christopher meet? Stefanie: We actually went to the same elementary school, but we met when I was in grade 9 at our local hockey arena. YPD: How did Christopher propose? Stefanie: He proposed on the couch while we were relaxing watching one of our favourite TV shows. YPD: What was your style / theme for your wedding? Why did you choose that? Stefanie: Our style was very modern. We wanted to have a ‘party’ theme and our hall had a really cool vibe that we wanted to accentuate with our décor. YPD: Why did you choose to have a coordinator for your wedding day? Stefanie: We chose to have a planner because we really wanted to be stress-free and enjoy every moment of our big day and not have to worry about any details. YPD: Why did you decide to go with Your Perfect Day by Jess? Stefanie: We were highly recommended to Jess by our décor company OMG Events. YPD: Would you have done anything different? Whether it be with your planner or any other aspect of your wedding? Stefanie: We absolutely loved every moment of our wedding and wouldn’t change a thing! We’re so lucky to be able to spend time with such amazing...

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 10 Underrated Songs

Top 10 Underrated Songs

April 3rd, 2017 Well, we just celebrated the first official weekend of wedding season! I can’t speak about every wedding planner, but this weekend is my Opening Day! It brings ahead an amazing season of gorgeous brides, handsome grooms, and phenomenal weddings that will always be remembered! So, what better way to start our Opening Day weekend than to sit down with the enormously talented DJ Christian of Magic Moments to discuss his Top 10 Underrated Songs! “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley “Yeah” by Usher “Juicy” by Notorious BIG “Everybody” by Backstreet Boys “Wanna Be” by Spice Girls “Crank That” by Soulja Boy “We No Speak Americano” by Yolanda Be Cool “Don’t Stop Believing Remix” by George Lamond “DJ Got us Falling in Love Again” by Pitbull feat. Usher We love music, and this list just got placed on our...

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Real Weddings – Michelle & Christopher

Real Weddings – Michelle & Christopher

March 27th, 2017 Picture this: an empty warehouse in the heart of Toronto, simple, white walls, no décor in site, but crisp, white sheets hanging from the ceiling, creating a beautiful, white wall. You’ve arrived at the Warehouse for a friend or family member’s wedding where both ceremony and reception are being held, and are waiting for the ceremony to begin. You walk to the opening of the curtain, where two, well dressed people are awaiting your arrival so they can pull back the curtain for you. Once they do, you see the ceremony space: rows of chairs for you to sit, but that isn’t what catches your eye! No, it’s the abundance of candles and orchids that fill the room, creating this romantic setting immediately upon your arrival! Well, that’s how Michelle and Christopher’s wedding day began, and we were there for the entire day! A few times a year, we like to write a couple of blog posts about weddings we’ve done to not only show newly engaged couples their options, but to also show them that anything is possible when you have the right vendors! Today’s Real Wedding’s Blog is about Michelle and Christopher’s wedding in August 2016. Once the ceremony was completed, the couple took photos with their families and we flipped the ceremony space into the reception space, filled with round tables and chairs, a couple of bars, and two couch-filled seating areas for the guests to relax and enjoy! The candles and flowers were used as centerpieces and strategically placed throughout the venue to continue with that romantic feel, and the DJ/MC kept the party going all night long! It was a great party from beginning to end, and the couple couldn’t have been more pleased! As always, here are all the vendors that used to make Michelle and Christopher’s day absolutely perfect! Company Name Contact Role Phone Number Your Perfect Day by Jess Jessica Lisi Event Planner (647) 272-7240 Under Wraps Décor Stella Backdrop & White Dance Floor (905) 265-9928 Helix Candles Catalina Décor (647) 400-0123 Illegal Sound Marco DJ / MC (416) 854-2299 Amsis Photography Marta Photographer (416) 856-7751 Eternity Floral Design Karen Floral (647) 260-0588 Lavish Limo Hamza Limo (647) 524-5466 Razzle Dazzle Cakes   Baker (519) 936-4772 Bespoke Beauty   Hair/Makeup (647) 283-6361 Food Dudes June Caterer (647) 340-3833 Dream Weddings Steve Officiant   Magen Boys Gloria Sound/ Lighting (905) 761-0076 ext. 29 Take a look at their photo gallery here, and contact us any time to discuss how we can make your wedding day just as...

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Summer 2017 Trends

Summer 2017 Trends

March 20th, 2017 A couple of months ago, we wrote a blog about the 2017 Spring Wedding Trends, and it was a great hit since a lot of Spring couples were able to add touches to their wedding to keep up with the trend. Well, if that helped our Spring brides, then this will help our Summer brides! Here are our Top 5 Summer Trends for 2017! Dynamic Colours: Instead of going with just two colours, or two colours and an accent colour, use one dynamic colour for a true, strong statement! It can be any colour, but I think sophisticated brights are perfect for a summer wedding! Just remember not to use too many colours, which is why sticking with one colour will make your wedding bold and beautiful! Themes: Themed weddings are going to be big this summer, but instead of going with the typical, generic setting or theme, take a more personal route. Think about your favourite places to hang out at, and make it your own. For example, you love going to the fall fair that you’ve been going to since you were a kid. You don’t have to have your wedding in the middle of a fall fair, but you can have the bright colours, or the candy popcorn as a sweet and savoury station. There are so many options to make the wedding theme your own! Natural Centerpieces: This year’s colour palette is greenery, so having natural centerpieces makes complete sense! Using wooden vases or pedestals with grass, or moss, or even baby’s breath will give your wedding a natural look with a textured feel. Something unexpected! Ditch Receiving Lines: Now, it’s definitely important to meet and greet each and every one of your guests at your wedding, but why do it during a receiving line? Instead, opt to greet your guests during the cocktail hour and throughout the night. This way, you will enjoy the cocktail party along with your guests, and you your guests won’t be rushed during the line to say ‘hi.’ First Looks: I love first looks! Now, don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy watching the crowd at the ceremony enjoy the first look of the beautiful bride with the groom, but it’s your wedding day, and I think that first look should be between the two of you (and your photographer if you’re willing to capture the moment). Then everyone else can enjoy their first look, on their own time! Have a great day YPDers! And, as always, don’t hesitate to contact us to help you plan your perfect...

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Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner

March 13th, 2017 After working Canada’s Bridal Show the weekend of January 8th, 2016, and speaking with countless couples, we started thinking why wedding planners are needed in today’s wedding. Whether for full wedding planning, or month-of coordination, every wedding needs a wedding planner, just like every restaurant needs a head chef, because you need someone to be making sure every little detail is completed perfectly and without hesitation. So, with that in mind, here are our top 10 reasons why you should hire a wedding planner! You deserve everything to be perfect on your big day! A great wedding planner will minimize the stress and maximize the fun. You’re not very good at sticking to a budget. Your wedding planning experience should be enjoyable, not stressful. Great wedding planners ensures dreams are made reality. You don’t want to spend hours finding suppliers and trying to figure out who is trustworthy. Wedding planners have worked with so many different vendors, and know which vendors will give you the wedding you want and deserve. You don’t want wedding planning to take over your life, especially since the average wedding requires 250 hours to plan with a guest count of 100. You have a great venue coordinator but they will only handle what you’ve rented through the venue. A wedding planner cares about every detail involved in your wedding, including the venue. You need help making your vision a reality. A wedding planner will find out exactly what type of wedding you want, and will make it come to life. You’re struggling to meet the demands of your friends and family. Wedding planners will handle the crisis and act as the “go-to” person. You’re planning a wedding somewhere other than where you live. You love the planning, but aren’t great at the little details, like creating a schedule. A wedding planner will orchestrate your wedding from the rehearsal through to the end of the reception. Contact the wedding planners at Your Perfect Day by Jess for an initial free consultation to find out more on how we can make your wedding day...

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 5 Do’s & Don’t’s Above Choosing Your Reception Venue

Top 5 Do’s & Don’t’s Above Choosing Your Reception Venue

March 6th, 2017 This past weekend, we got to visit a few venues in the GTA to help one of our beautiful couples decide on where they want their wedding reception to be held. While asking all the typical questions, plus a few questions of my own (years of experience), we were able to find the venue that was perfect for this amazing couple! Based on this day filled with meetings and questions, we wrote today’s blog! Here are our Top 5 Do’s and Don’t’s about Choosing Your Reception Venues. Do… Don’t… Look at the bare bones of the room. Most rooms can be transformed into the venue of your dreams, but some décor elements do come with a large cost. Rule out the venue based on photos along. Go inside, meet with the sales coordinator, discuss your options, and see in person if this is the venue for you! Make sure you know all the ins and outs of the contract, like deposit information, extra fees, so you know what you’re getting yourself into. Forget about what’s important to you! If your venue doesn’t include an open bar option, for example, or it’s out of your price range, move on! Check out all reviews and ask around! You want a venue that has the great food, amazing employees, a perfect atmosphere all around! Wait until the last minute. We’ve said this before, multiple times! If you’ve found the vendor you love, you book them on the spot! This is more so with a venue because they book up quickly. Ask about preferred vendors! You don’t have to hire them for your wedding, but it doesn’t hurt to ask what they can offer that the next vendor can’t. Assume what the venue will give you. If you want an aerial fabric artist to perform at your wedding, then ask if the venue has the ability to do so. Make sure your venue is large enough for your guests. You don’t want a tight room, or a small dance floor. It will just make things uncomfortable, hot, and annoying. Give in to something you don’t want. It’s your day! If you don’t want soup, for example, don’t get it just because it’s offered in the “package.” There you go YPDers!...

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Pros & Cons: How to Decide what Season to Get Married In!

Pros & Cons: How to Decide what Season to Get Married In!

February 20th, 2017 Well, it’s happened! You’re engaged! You’ve told all your friends and family, you’ve shown off that rock on your finger, and now it’s time to decide when you want to get married! There may only be four seasons to choose from, but there are so many different things to consider, like weather, prices, what’s in season. So, for today, we thought we would break down the pros and cons to help you decide what season to get married in! Spring Pros Cons Spring flowers! It’s just naturally beautiful and romantic. Canadian weather changes daily, so you can have weather that goes from sunny and gorgeous to cold and snowy. If you do get a cloudy day, your photos will turn out unbelievable! If you have any allergies, this is the season you’ll be affected most. If you book your venue early enough, you’ll be paying less than if you got married in the summer or fall. You have to work around Easter, spring break, and graduations. If you want a soft and light colour palette, this is the season to get married in.   Summer Pros Cons Your menu has so much variety with so much in season! There is nothing worse than seeing a bride and groom sweating because of the heat. Daylight until 9 o’clock some nights, allowing you to have great flexibility in how to choose to run your day. Heat is distracting so your guests might be more concerned about their temperature than you getting married. Great weather allows for creativity, like a campfire at an outdoor wedding, cigars under the stars, or streamed lights throughout the trees. Attendance might not be a full swing since a lot of people vacation in the summer. Your flowers will be in perfect bloom and will allow every colour scheme to be available. Summer weddings require a lot of lead time, since it’s the busiest time of the year.   Most couples want to get married in the summer, making it the most expensive season to marry in. Fall Pros Cons As the seasons change, the colours in the trees are beyond mesmerizing. Changing weather wreaks havoc on your skin Perfect for that deeper, darker colour scheme, like oranges, reds, and deep purples. Booking venues can be difficult since it’s a sought-after season. If saving some money is important, find a venue that has a lot of foliage so you can save money on décor.   Winter Pros Cons Fresh snow on the ground just seems to make everything more beautiful! You may have to compete with the holidays as a lot of people vacation in the winter. The décor: fireplaces, candles, twinkle lights… need I say more? The weather. You could end up with a blizzard that simply doesn’t allow you or your guests to leave the premises. You’ll save more money by getting married in the “off season.” Not a lot of daylight to utilize. Fewer winter weddings means you have a better chance at getting the vendors you want. It’s COLD! Remember, YPDers, you can contact us today to help you plan your perfect wedding in any...

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Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Top 10 Songs to Get the Party Started

Top 10 Songs to Get the Party Started

February 20th, 2017 We at YPD have LOVED writing our weekly blogs for all of our readers, and, to be honest, most of the time we’re listening to music while we’re writing these blogs. We love music almost as much as we love weddings, so it made absolute and complete sense to write a couple of blogs about music! The only problem is that we’re wedding planners, not DJs, so we teamed up with DJ Christian from Magic Moments Entertainment to write these blogs. Our first blog is all about the Top 10 Songs to get the Party Started! Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean” Bon Jovi – “Living on a Prayer” AC/DC – “Shook me All Night Long” Stevie B – “Spring Love” Black Eyed Peas – “I got a Feeling” Journey – “Don’t Stop Believing” Pitbill – “Fireball” Bob Sinclar – “Rock this Party” Usher – “Yeah” Enjoy adding these beats to your life (if you haven’t done so...

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